LN: Ever since I can remember designing has been my outlet, a way for me to express myself. After graduating from FIT and MSU for fashion design, I worked in New York for 5 years at Tahari and Ammara. I launched my womenswear collection in February 2012 and am currently working on my fourth season for fall 2014.
LN: I’ve heard the collection being described as feminine and luxurious, but I think fit for a princess is my favorite! Thank you for the warm feedback!
LN: I think my surroundings do play a factor into how I design and I travel quite a bit between Chicago and New York. I am always intrigued when I see a woman who is confident with a strong sense of style, who has an effortless way of dressing yet looks incredibly chic. You can’t miss her, I see this woman often and I keep her in mind when I design.
LN: Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Mindy Kaling, Olivia Palermo, and Guiliana Rancic
LN: My grandma is an artist and has always encouraged me to express myself through design by giving me watercolors, charcoal and so on to teach me different methods. She has been one of my biggest supporters and I was really inspired by her for my spring 2014 collection. I wanted to capture her femininity, love for nature, and playful side in this collection. I wrote a blog post here on my inspiration and grandmother.
LN: I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan which is a beautiful city. There is a strong art community in Ann Arbor. I always felt encouraged to do what I love and to create my own path. I have a lot of fond memories of Ann Arbor and love visiting, it’s a great city!
LN: I moved to Chicago last year and it immediately felt like home, there is so much charm to this city. Joining the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State Street has been life changing for me. The program gives six designers work space and mentoring to help us achieve our goals. I have grown very close with my mentors and fellow designers in the program. As a new designer, I’ve found it to be crucial to my business to have a strong support system and guidance. It’s really unbelievable how much influence the program has had on my business and I can’t imagine starting out any other way.
I’ve found Chicago to be very supportive to new designers, people genuinely want to see designers and the fashion community flourish which is beautiful. I recently showed at Fashion Focus, Chicago’s Fashion Week which was organized by the City of Chicago, and to have a platform for exposure at that level was a dream come true. I feel fortunate to have these great opportunities and Chicago offers so much inspiration from the architecture to the friendly faces I see everyday.
NR: That must be every fashion designers dream, lucky girl! What are you fav spots in chicago?
LN: Chicago is beautiful, people are warm and caring, there is so much to see and do, it’s the best! I would recommend shopping at: Chalk, Helen Yi, and the Purely App Store (look for my designs at Purely)
“Jump and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.” -Ray Bradbury